Writing and tea? Yes, it definitely goes together. Sorry, no coffee here (yet) since I am no coffee drinker, but I love tea. No worries though, this is not another one of those useless tea or coffee debates that you sometimes see on Twitter (“Question of the day: Coffee or Tea?” “Coffee” “Hm, tea.” Okaaayyy). In this Art of Tea Review I would like to share Art of Tea’s bestselling teas (hot and iced). The perfect writing accompaniment 🙂
I’ll also include a little info about the Tea Club, what I like and don’t like , affordability, and my thoughts.
I can’t start the day without my cup of Earl Grey. I need that in the morning. First a glass of water (preferably with a splash of freshly squeezed lime) and after that a hot cup of Earl Grey. If I don’t get my tea … hm, bad tidings may be ahead. 😉
When I’m working on a story or an article I usually have a glass of water or a cup of tea on my desk. Chai, ginger-turmeric, green, red, or fruit tea.
Art of Tea
Art of Tea is based in Los Angeles, a tea importer and wholesaler that blends and custom makes fine and organic teas and botanicals.
They use pyramid teabags that are made of soilon, a 100% plant and vegetable based material produced from Polylactic Acid. PLA comes from corn and other renewable resources, being 100% commercially compostable.
All teas are hand blended and hand packed, using only the finest ingredients. When you order a specific tea that’s when the blend is made. So, you won’t get a package that has been gathering dust on a shelf for months, but instead you will receive a freshly blended tea.
This company even delivers to cruise lines and hotels, which is an excellent reference to the quality of their products.
Art of Tea has some amazing teas and it also offers great promotions.
Here are just a few examples of what they offer:
- White Coconut Crème Tea
- Earl Grey Crème Tea (yes, it had to be included 🙂 )
- 2 QT Iced Tea Pouches – Summer Peach Tea
- Happy Tea
- English Breakfast Tea
- 2 QT Iced Tea Pouches – Garden of Eden Tea
- 2 QT Iced Tea Pouches – Passionfruit Jasmine Tea
- Sleep Tea (Chamomile, Spearmint, + Valerian Tea)
- Rose Black Tea
- Art of Tea 2 QT Iced Tea Kit
- Art of Tea Ceremonial Grade Matcha Tin
- Jasmine Pearls Tea
- Art of Tea Filter Bags
- And the brand new Blue Pineapple 2 QT Iced Tea Pouches
Blue Pineapple 2 QT Iced Tea Pouches
This last one is special because it combines an incredible blend of butterfly pea flowers, sweet pineapple bits, and more. What’s even better is that this tea has a deep blue color that undergoes a magical transformation with a squeeze of lemon (or lime).
It’s a nice way to surprise your afternoon tea guests 😉
I often see beautiful tea flavors when I go shopping but they usually cost a lot more than your average tea, at least where I live. The last time I asked for 200 gr of rooibos tea it had the same price of two bottles of Merlot wine. I put the tea back and figured that I could get a better price somewhere else.
Since I live on a peninsula a lot of food and drinks are imported. Nonetheless, even though an increase in prices may be expected, prices are often outrageously high, making some products affordable for some but not for all.
What I love about Art of Tea is that they offer delightful flavors but keep realistic prices.
If you’re new to loose-leaf tea, then you could also get an At Home Starter Kit which contains 8 eco-friendly tea sachets in different flavors:
- English Breakfast
- Green Pomegranate
- Bright Eyed
- Pacific Coast Mint
- Earl Grey Creme
- Earl Grey
- White Coconut Creme.
This assortment comes in their signature wooden box which is perfect for storage and a pretty accessory for your cabinet or tea corner. Moreover, shipping is free (for the At Home Starter Kit).
Join the Club?
Additionally, Art of Tea also offers a Tea Club where you can sign up for either 3, 6, or 12 months. Tea Club offers five options: Caffeine Free, Classic, Single Origin, Explore, and Pyramid Sachets.
Each month they’ll send you information about the teas you’re drinking, so you can learn more about them.
How much tea do you receive per month?
- Caffeine Free – 4 oz loose-leaf tea
- Classic – 4 oz loose-leaf tea
- Explore – 4 oz loose-leaf tea
- Single Origin – 2 oz loose-leaf tea
- Pyramid Teabags – 12 teabags in a box
The Tea Club subscription is not only great for casual tea drinkers but also for tea fanatics.
The only negative here is that Tea Club is for US territory only and coupon or discount codes don’t apply to Tea of the Month subscription purchases.
The tea selection is based on availability and may be subject to change.
All other tea orders are delivered internationally, including wholesale, just not Tea Club.
Customer reviews are excellent. As an avid tea drinker I love carefully selected blends. At work, I am always offered chamomile tea when I forget to bring my own tea bags, but in truth I do not like the taste of chamomile. When I politely decline I hear “but you always drink tea!”
But not just any tea 😉
I am critical of which tea I buy, just like with chocolate. I know that my being picky with chocolate is thanks to my Belgian heritage, since Belgium has the best chocolates ever. (nope, you won’t change my mind about that 😉 ) Am I fussy with tea because of the four years I spent in England? It was there where I discovered Earl Grey, Lady Grey, English Breakfast tea, Lapsang Souchong, Jasmine, and other rich flavors.
In conclusion, when hard-to-please customers’ praise is good, it means that it’s good! Although, I am not hard to please, just with tea and chocolates, lol. Everything else, I’m pretty flexible 😉
If you’re an enthusiastic tea drinker like me, then I recommend Art of Tea. It’s also a great gift idea, which reminds me, my mother’s birthday is coming up. This will make the perfect gift. 🙂